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Boehner plans to sue Obama

Speaker of the House John Boehner said on Wednesday that he plans to sue President Obama for his alleged abuse of executive power.

According to Fox News:

“This is not about impeachment — it’s about him faithfully executing the laws of this country,” Boehner said.

The speaker alleged that the president not only has ignored the law but “brags about it,” decrying what he described as “arrogance and incompetence.”

In a memo to House Republicans on Wednesday, Boehner stated that he plans to bring legislation authorizing the suit to the floor in July. His concern is that Obama’s executive decisions might shift the “balance of power decisively and dangerously in the White House’s favor, which would give the president “king-like authority.”

Boehner wrote:

“On one matter after another during his presidency, President Obama has circumvented the Congress through executive action, creating his own laws and excusing himself from executing statutes he is sworn to enforce — at times even boasting about his willingness to do it, as if daring the America people to stop him.”

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi derided the action:

“I make of it as subterfuge,” she said. “They’re doing nothing here. So they have to give some aura of activity.”

Pelosi said the Republican caucus needs an “adult in that room.”

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